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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Corrections
State Board of Local and Regional Jails
Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups [6 VAC 15 ‑ 40]
Action Amend Minimum Standards for Jails and Lockups to add requirements on restraint of pregnant offenders
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 9/27/2013
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9/26/13  11:47 am
Commenter: Barbara Null

restraining women giving birth


I commend the Board of Corrections’ prior approval of proposed regulations limiting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. I thank the Board for implementing a compassionate and commonsense policy, and urge the Board to make these proposed regulations final when they vote again at the close of this public comment period.

Restraining a pregnant woman can pose undue health risks to the woman and her pregnancy. Freedom from physical restraints is especially critical during labor, delivery, and during postpartum recovery.  Restraining pregnant women is dangerous and inhumane. 

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